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Increasing risk of COVID-19 community spread in Nagaland, warns H&FW Dept

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  • Percentage of traced contacts among confirmed cases rises to 56%
  • State’s sample positivity rate higher than national average

DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 17: As Nagaland sees the percentage of traced contacts among confirmed cases rising from 7% in July to 56% by mid-October, the State Health & Family Welfare Department has cautioned that this indicates shift of cases towards the community.
According to the weekly COVID-19 bulletin issued by the Health & Family Welfare Department, Nagaland also continues to see uncontrolled spread in closed settings like restaurants, bakery, religious communities, thereby increasing risk of spread in the community.
“These are settings where super spreader events happen. The 3Ws should be followed vigorously. Social events and gatherings should be avoided. Dine in at restaurants should be avoided and takeaways should be the new norm. Unavoidable social events should be held with maximum precautions as per laid down SOP,” it advised.
Stating that the positivity rate among office goers (27%) and household contacts (26%) continue to increase in Nagaland, while positivity rate among students also remains high at 16%, the bulletin reiterated the need to urgently implement SOP for prevention of infection in work places and schools.
The highest positive cases among traced contacts are in the 21-40-year-old age group at 53%. Health authorities reiterated that infection in the old and high-risk groups immediately follow after infection in the young.
Fever (81%) and cough (53%) remains the most common reported symptoms in the State among COVID-19 cases. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases can transmit the disease even though symptomatic cases transmit more.
Symptomatic cases have also increased to 4% and positives among people with co-morbidities have also increased to 0.4%. “We expect more hospitalizations and severe cases in the coming days,” it said. Positivity of patients coming to Flu clinics is 4% which keeps on increasing every week, the bulletin informed.
Nagaland this week (October 10 to 16) reported 716 COVID-19 positive cases, which is the second highest weekly cases detected in the State. The highest weekly cases detected are 964 cases recorded between July 31 and August 6.
The bulletin informed that there has been a gradual increase in cases after the 3rd week of September. The week also reported the highest number of traced contacts till date.
It also informed that for the first time, Nagaland’s sample positivity rate at 8.5% is higher than that of the country at 7.9%. Mortality rate has also increased to 0.22%.
Informing that a total of 22,859 quarantine violations were received from the PHQ through digital monitoring, the bulletin iterated that one must quarantine mandatorily for 14 days once someone falls under high risk category or a traveler so that they do not risk people around them.
Among districts, Dimapur has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases at 953, followed by Kohima with 358 cases and Mokokchung – 56. Currently Kiphire and Wokha districts have no COVID-19 active cases.
(Page News Service)

Distribution of positive traced contacts by occupation
OccupationCasesPercentage
Government employees60027
Household contacts57226
Students36116
Self employed30014
Prison contacts884
Flu Clinic attendee844
Unemployed673
Migrant workers522
Convent contacts191
Church contacts201
Bakery/Restaurant employee231
Teachers171
Total2,204100%